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on this dangerous terrain and will voters remember how we look doing it. master and commander, barack obama didn't walk in bearing foreign policy experience and neither did a host of governors like ronald reagan and bill clinton. both earned it in office. could governor romney compete in this league? and obama's luck. he was lucky to run against john mccain who declared the state of the economy strong when lehman fell. with the economy weak is obama lucky again that business with mitt romney has changed the subject? i'm chris matthews. with us david ignatius. the bbc's katty kay, "the new york times'" helene cooper and national journal major garrett. foreign policy is the defining issue in this most critical presidential election. barack obama is a democratic president who holds the high ground on national security and that became a problem for governor romney in his charge that the president projects weakness to america's enemies. when he got the nobel peace prize at the beginning of his term, the president decided to use that stage to make clear that even though he was elected as an opponent o
for the tyranny of a mob. >> but in this highly charged campaign environment, new questions about how the obama administration should respond enter the political debate. >> the administration was wrong to stand by statements sympathizing with those who had breached our embassy in egypt instead of condemning their actions. >> this morning, we'll talk to a key member of the president's foreign policy team, the u.s. ambassador to the united nations, susan rice. >>> also this morning, an exclusive network interview with a key player in the middle east, the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu. have relations between his country and the u.s. have hit a new low over the looming nuclear threat from iran? >> those in the international community that refuse to put red lines before iran don't have a moral right to place a red light before israel. >>> sorting out u.s. options in the middle east, consequences for the region and the political impact in november. our political roundtable. joining us, the first muslim elected to the u.s. congress, democratic representative from minnesota, keith elliso
backing mitt romney questioned president obama's leadership in this crisis. as yet another group of angry muslims attacked another u.s. embassy. like in libya tuesday, anti-american rioting in yemen got out of control, storming the u.s. embassy complex and breaking in before police beat them back. no americans reported hurt. it's the third arab nation racked by protests aimed at the u.s. this was egypt last night. another outburst of anger over the crude anti-muslim movie said to be made in the u.s. but not by the u.s. government, secretary of state clinton tried to make clear about the video today. >> we absolutely reject its content and message. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney, after he took hits for accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the rioters. for the president, a foreign crisis close to election day is a chance to show off leadership, and a chance for a high-profile stumble, campaigning in colorado he talked tough. >> i want people around the world to hear me, to all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in
. >> reporter: no criticism from mitt romney. after he took hits for accusing the obama administration of sympathizing with the rioters. for the president, a foreign crisis close to election day is a chance to show off leadership. and a chance for a high-profile stumble, campaigning in colorado he talked tough. >> i want people around the world to hear me, for anyone who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but in libya, the fbi is just starting an investigation. besides the four murders, and the riots faced by president obama, there's the bloody rebellion in syria. and new pressure on the u.s. from israel to get tougher on iran over nuclear weapons. republicans are implying president obama is wavering. >> this is a moment for americans to show our closest allies in the middle east that we stand with them unequivocally, unequivocally, no mixed signals. >> reporter: the middle east suddenly a factor in the race for the white house. prior to the current crisis, the nbc news "wall street journal" poll found president obama had a significant advantage over mi
to launch any mission president obama might order. the president won't say whether he's considering military action in libya, but he is vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts, and bring them to justice. >> egypt's president is vowing not to allow what happened in libya to happen in his country. you are looking live now at pictures coming out of cairo, egypt. this is a lot of activity going on there right now. protesters gathering outside the u.s. embassy. the president there, mohamed morsi, says the egyptian people reject unlawful acts like the attack that happened on the consulate in benghazi. the state department warning american embassy workers around the globe, especially in the middle east as you see on this map here, to be on alert in the wake of a deadly attack in libya. that includes embassies marked here, kuwait, sudan, tunisia. >> the attack in libya is leading to vigils and memorial services around the world. one took place last night outside the white house. the man w
. in colorado, president obama signalled his resolve to find the killers of the four americans. >> i want people to hear me from all over who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished. >> reporter: but america's allies, dictators, are gone, and the u.s. is not happy with mohamed morsi's initial failure to protect the embassy. so last night, mr. obama seemed to be lowering egypt's status. >> i don't think we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them a new enemy. they are a new government trying to find its way. >> reporter: later, president obama called morsi, saying he needed to protect the embassy. today, he said they did not intend to down grade egypt, which gets one and a half billion in aid, second only to israel and afghanistan. billion the u.s. and afghan but they no longer have a compass for the region. >> it is difficult seeing these images on television, because our world is filled with challenges. this is a difficult time. >> essentially the united states has made a bet, a big bet, a gamble. but there are not a lot of alternatives. >> reporter: example nine ye
president obama is changing topics. >> the president will address the u.n. general assembly and he's expected to focus on problems in libya, the middle east and iran. 9news now reporter kristin fisher is live outside the white house with the story. good morning, kristin. >> reporter: good morning, mike and andrea. president obama has plenty to talk about when he addresses the u.n. general assembly later today in new york. there's the civil war in syria, the recent attacks in libya and egypt and the possibility of iran developing a nuclear weapon. but the president is not going to be at the u.n. for long. he's taken some hits for it. the president arrived in new york city yesterday afternoon and he went straight for a sitdown not with world leaders but with the ladies of the view. in fact, the president will not be sitting down with any world leaders during the u.n. which is extremely rare. last year he had 13 meetings with world leaders during the u.n. so critics are accusing the president of putting his reelection efforts ahead of diplomacy but jay carney pointed out the president
any mission president obama orders. the president won't say whether he's even considering military action in libya. he does say that justice will be done. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts, and bring them to justice. >> the white house says president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue working with u.s. to make sure diplomats are safe. >>> the bodies of ambassador chris stevens and three other americans killed with on their way back to the u.s. a must military helicopter left tripoli yesterday with the bodies and arrived in germany before heading to the u.s. other victims who were injured in the attack were also onboard, as were more than two dozen people evacuated from the consulate. these protest over that internet video are continuing today in the middle east. this is just outside the u.s. embassy in cairo. today's demonstrations are much more subdued than tuesday's when protesters scaled the walls of the complex there and destroyed an american fla
this afternoon. it's been a busy political week in virginia. in addition to romney, first lady michelle obama was also in the state yesterday visiting richmond and fredericksburg. >>> a new poll shows that president obama holds a five-point lead over mitt romney in virginia. the nbc news/wall street journal poll shows the president leading mitt romney by five points. he holds a similar lead in florida and seven points in ohio. >>> the president and first lady will welcome many of our olympic athletes to the white house this morning. president obama will honor the 2012 u.s. olympic and paralympic teams in a south lawn ceremony. one of the swimmers being honored, matt mcclain of loudoun county. he had a hand in helping america take the gold in the men's 4 by 200 relay. >>> next week the senate will take up a spending bill to prevent a government shutdown. the house passed a bill that essentially puts the government on autopilot for six months. it includes the support of republican vice presidential nominee paul ryan even though it permits spending above the budget he authored this spring. >>> t
a specific mission but give the military more flexibility to launch any mission president obama should order. the president won't say if he's thinking of military action but he's vowing justice for the attack. >> what we have to do now is to do a full investigation, find out the facts, find out who perpetrated these terrible acts and bring them to justice. >> president obama has spoken to the presidents of libya and egypt and urged them to continue to work with the u.s. to ensure diplomats are safe. >>> mitt romney is standing by his campaign's criticism of the white house's response to the libyan attacks. right now, he is preparing for a rally. romney will campaign at van dyke park and fairfax. megan mcgrath is live with a preview. >> reporter: good morning. you can see all the people that gathered at van dyke park. the candidate himself, mitt romney has not arrived. we are expecting him shortly. he's been criticized about the statements about u.s. diplomats and criticizing the obama administration for handling the situation while the events were unfolding. he is expected toouch on that sub
. >> president obama is fielding criticism for skipping bilateral meetings with world leaders, but making time for an appearance on a daytime talk show. >> they have telephones in the white house. we talked to the president of egypt. he talked to the leader in libya. we don't need a meeting in washington just to confer with leaders. >> right now, most of the world's leaders can be found in new york. i'm stacey cohen reporting. >>> the county's own plan calls for this parkland to be protected. why is it at risk of being paveed over? we'll tell you more when we come back. >>> back now is a health alert about the threat of west nile virus today. the virginia department of health confirmed a second death in northern virginia to this illness. the victim is described as an adult who lived in fairfax county. we don't know a lot more than that. this year, one person died in d.c. three in the state of maryland. >>> development in the form of a four lane road could spell the end of the line for tyson's corner. >>> i'm peggy fox in tyson's corner where the last remaining woods in this area are under t
over how president obama has handled the attacks. he spoke to supporters in van dyke park our military commitment and keep america the strongest military in the world. >> romney will be in the swing state of ohio today and plans to turn his message back to the economy. >>> paul ryan will be in virginia today. the republican vp nominee will visit rockingham fairgrounds in harrisonburg this afternoon. it's been a busy political week for the commonwealth. yesterday mitt romney was in fairfax for a rally, and first lady michelle obama appeared at two events in richmond and fredericksburg. and virginia is just one of the key battleground states coming up in this election, and president obama is leading in most of them. a new "the wall street journal" poll shows the president ahead of mitt romney in three key states. he leads by five points among likely voters in virginia. that lead jumps to seven points in ohio. political experts say these are fairly large leads for the president, but they could easily be wiped out if romney has a strong first debate. that debate is scheduled for october 3r
>>> foreign affairs. president obama gets ready to address the u.n. general assembly on iran and syria while his handling of the turmoil of the middle east is being questioned by mitt romney. >>> fatal fire. at least one person has been killed by a wind-stoked wildfire burning east of san diego. >>> and monday night madness. the green bay packers come up on the short end of another controversial call by the nfl's replacement refs. captioning funded by cbs >>> good morning, everybody. good to be with you. i'm terrell brown. president obama takes a brief break from the campaign trail today to address the united nations general assembly. but with just six weeks until the election and his foreign policy under attack from the romney campaign, that address will target american voters as well as world leaders. last night here in new york, secretary of state hillary clinton met with egypt's new islamist president mohamed morsi. two weeks ago, demonstrators overran the u.s. embassy in clinton. morsi assured her it was egypt's duty. >> reporter: president obama is prepared to told the
individuals to hurt the religious feelings of others. mitt romney pounce the. it's disgraceful that the obama administration's first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks, the gop presidential candidate said in a statement late tuesday. the obama campaign fired back saying it was shocked that following the deadly protests, quote, governor romney would choose to launch a political attack. >> sarah palin! >> even sarah palin joined the fray, paraphrasing a line often used to mock her. >> and can i see russia from my house. >> as a way to slam the white house. >> reporter: apparently president obama can't see egypt and libya from his house, she tweeted. a couple of things. that cairo statement by the embassy there was never approved by the state department or the white house. that said, can i tell you here, matt, officials here are just stunned that the romney campaign wouldn't even wait till daybreak before pouncing on this story considering we didn't have confirmations of the death of the ambassador and others. >> chuc
continued to attack president obama's handling of the situation in the middle east. >>> and paul ryan will visit rockingham fairgrounds in harrisonburg, virginia. yesterday mitt romney was in fairfax, and first lady michelle obama appeared at two events, one in richmond and the other in fredericksburg. >>> virginia is expected to be one of the most important states up for grabs in november. right now president obama is leading in the commonwealth and other battleground states. a new nbc/wall street journal poll shows the president ahead of mitt romney in three key states. in virginia and florida, he leads romney by five points among the voters. that lead jumps to seven points in ohio. political experts say these are fairly large leads for the president, but they can easily be wiped out if romney has a strong first debate, which is scheduled for october 3rd. stocks will open on wall street today on multiyear highs, thanks to new efforts by the federal reserve. word the fed would inject $40 million sent stocks soaring today. it will also keep short term interest rates at the record lows
. i'll be back with more at 6:11. >>> the world will be watching new york today. president obama will address the united nations general assembly. >> no shortage of topics from iran to syria to anti-american protests in the muslim world. kristin fisher is live outside the white house previewing a story that's happening today. good morning. >> reporter: good morning. >> reporter: president obama has plenty to talk about. there's the civil war in syria. the recent attacks in libya and egypt and the possibility of iran developing a nuclear weapon. but he's not going to be there long and the president has taken some hits for it. he arrived yesterday in new york city. the first thing he did, he went to sit down not with world leaders but with the ladies of the view. the president will not be sitting down with any world leaders during the u.n. which is extremely rare. last year he had 13 meetings. so critics are accusing the president of putting his reelection efforts ahead of diplomacy but jed white house spokesman jay carney said the president is hosting two receptions for world lead
for the u.s. government to prosecute the filmmakers. >> now president obama says he's not sure where the relationship with egypt stands. >> i don't think that we would consider them an ally but don't consider them an enemy. >> why does the air rib spring look like a winter. it has little to do with the internet video. that was just a trigger. >> this is a photo opportunity. >> the problem goes back to the men the u.s. relied on to keep order. for decades they fed their people a diet of lies, hate and half-truths that boiled down to two concepts. the united states and israel are fighting a war against islam. and the war is hidden in secret conspiracies. the goal was to keep the people's anger focused elsewhere, not on the regime's corruption and inability to produce jobs and basic services. by now those sentiments are deeply engrained. >> the perception in the muslim countries is that the whole world is at war with islam. >> oxford university professor ramadan is the grandson of the founder of egypt's muslim brotherhood and explains each world, islam and the west, to the other. >> we
days. and overnight, president obama called the presidents of both libya and egypt to talk about the response to the violence there. >> meanwhile, flags flying at half staff at u.s. government buildings around the world for the four victims of the attack on the consulate in benghazi, libya, including ambassador chris stevens. >>> and mitt romney taking heat from members of his own party for his criticism of the statement from the u.s. embassy in cairo following the initial demonstration there. this morning, we'll hear what president obama has to say about that. and we'll get reaction from republican senator john mccain. >>> we want to get right to nbc's chief foreign correspondent richard engel. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. i'm now overlooking cairo's famous tahrir square, where the protests were taking place. now a very different scene. there was an anti-american demonstration also clashes underway. in the corner there, that is the street that leads to the united states embassy. and for the last hour or so, we've been seeing egyptian security guards
obama speaks to the u.n., mitt romney wants to know why the president is not speaking to other world leaders. >>> speaking of world leaders, we talk with the rulers of egypt and iran, and also with president bill clinton. >>> and a controversial last-second call has nfl fans and players outraged. so did last night's game seal the fate of those replacement reves? >>> but we begin this morning with a look at today's eye opener. your wor in 90 seconds. >>> more than 120 world leaders are in town, but the president is not scheduled to meet with any of them. >> president obama to address the united nations amid growing controversy. >> he hasn't set a meeting with benjamin netanyahu of israel. >> he did have time to tape an appearance on "the view." >> well, first things first here. we do have an election ahead. >> this is not a campaign speech. >> do you think that this election has the possibility of producing a change that will overcome gridlock? >> i think it almost certainly will. and let me explain why. i think the president's going to win. >> the call on the field stands. touchdown.
that no act would shake the resolve on a great nation. barack obama vowed to bring the killers to justice. >> the libyans helped others to safety and carried steven's body to the hospital, where we learned he had died. >> reporter: the president then paid a condolence call on the shaken officers, suffering the first killing in the line of duty in 30 years. >> today, many americans are asking, indeed i asked myself how could this happen? how could this happen in a country we helped liberate, in a city we helped to save from destruction? >> reporter: the sad irony, 52-year-old ambassador stevens served before. >> my name is chris stevens and i'm the new u.s. ambassador to libya. >> it is a sad day in my life. i know chris personally. he is my tennis partner, he comes to my house, we have breakfast together. >> reporter: friends describe him as courageous, even asked if he would go back. >> he wanted to learn the language, and be the first diplomat on the ground. >> reporter: two others were killed, even as the evacuation happened, the fbi was launching an investigation. the veteran diplomat
overseas. the bodies of the four americans killed in libya returned to the u.s. on friday. president obama paid tribute to them during a solemn ceremony at andrews air force base. >> four americans, four patriots. they loved this country. and they chose to serve it. and served it well. >> this morning, the violent protests triggered by that film continue across the middle east. in response, including a coalition base in afghanistan. jim is in cairo. what's the latest? >> well, it's a quiet day here in cairo, but clearly, what happened as a result of that film triggered a spasm of violence across the globe. the effects of the day of rage were felt in afghanistan, two u.s. service members we killed in a sustained taliban attack on marine headquarters there in helmand province. the british royal, prince harry, was based nearby, but he went unhurt. the taliban later claimed that the attack was its response to the film. here in cairo, things do feel like they're getting back to normal. that four-day standoff between protesters and riot police was broken up early this morning. egyptian security
the united states was late? >> obama, all of your government, it was very late. >> reporter: so all of this is because the response was late? but there was little time for interviews. we should turn around here. the police are charging. >> you see what happened, what -- just -- the egyptian government is doing with the egyptian people because -- because of the americans. >> reporter: there were demonstrations today in nearly 40 cities across the region and beyond. but as bad as it looks, the demonstrations were generally small. but in what will have implications for security worldwide, the extremists have found a weak spot to attack a super power they believe is responsible for an offense against islam. and radicals, brian, are still looking for other soft targets. today, they attacked a u.n. outpost here in egypt, and several american chain restaurants in the region. brian? >> interesting to watch this throughout the weekend, richard engel in cairo, thank you, and we're getting a first look at what happened inside the u.s. consulate in libya, the damage from the attack that killed
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